Mixed martial arts matchmaker seeks quality fights

Gabriel Monte When a couple has good chemistry, sparks fly. Matchmaker Eric Kucevic hopes for explosions. Kucevic is a matchmaker for Clovis-based mixed martial arts promoting outfit Evolution Combat Sports, which has organized five fights last year and drew thousands of people to the Curry County Events Center and the Clovis Civic Center. Evolution Combat […]

The Fighter: Cannon airman pursues passion for mixed martial arts while serving

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cuhen, a senior airman at Cannon Air Force Base, executed an arm bar hold that forced his opponent, Derek Cansino of Lubbock, to tap out during a fight May 27 at the Clovis Civic Center. The win gave Cuhen his first professional victory in the 135-pound class. Gabriel Monte Fighting is […]

Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 capsules

CNJ staff What: Evolution Combat Sports Presents: Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 When: 6 p.m. today Where: Clovis Civic Center Fights: Eight, including two professional and six amateur bouts. Area fighters: Gilbert Cuhen, Clovis; Raul Rosas, Clovis; Tommy Arguello, Clovis; Dominic Baca, Clovis; Dewyne Hightower, Portales. Cage facts: Clovis-based Evolution Combat Sport uses a 30-foot wide, […]

It's their business: Force of One Martial Arts

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Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Force of One instructor/owner Eric Suan, adjusts a target for a student. Force of One Martial Arts • Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Location: 1121 Thornton St. […]

Family kicks it together

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The Suan family. Front: Sharon Suan, Back from left to right, Jennifer Suan, Eric Suan, Maria Suan and Camerin Suan. By Gabe Monte: Cannon Connections As Eric and Marie Suan flip through the family photo album in their martial arts gym on Thornton Street, Eric remarks he can tell the ages of their children by […]

Ticket feature: Mixed martial arts competition to be hosted at events center

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Courtesy photo Evolution 1, a mixed martial arts competition, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the events center. Freedom New Mexico Saturday night is fight night in Clovis. Evolution 1, a 16-bout mixed martial arts competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Presented by Evolution Combat Sports Championship, there […]

Oct. 17 Honors

The Force of One Martial Arts group of Clovis traveled to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the Taekwondo and Gumdo (sword) Championships on Sept. 27 under the leadership of Master Instructor Eric Suan.

Class teaches self-defense techniques

By Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez, 27th SOW Public Affairs Self-defense in the form of martial arts is often thought of as a recreation sport for children. But with April being Sexual Assault Awareness month, Jean Masters, sexual assault response coordinator representative, decided to set up a self-defense class for all Cannon Air Force Base […]

Martial arts decision left to Civic Center officials

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Civic Center’s management company has no policy against booking contact sports at their facilities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Civic Center Committee members voted Monday to give the center’s management final say on what events are allowed at the civic center. The Committee discussed whether to approve […]

Battle brewing on cage fights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From all indications, city groups may have a fight about fights. The Clovis Civic Center policy committee discussed allowing contact sports at the city-owned center in October’s meeting, and more discussion is planned for Monday’s meeting. The contact sport in question is mixed martial arts, and MarkAnthony Baca of […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Martial Arts with heart

Airman Elliott Sprehe Instructor trains mind, body and spirit into a force of one The two opponents cautiously bounce around each other, waiting for the other to make a move. Suddenly one of them steps in for a strike, only to be countered with a bullet of a roundhouse kick to the chest. This is […]

Justice must be served to wrongdoers

By Freedom Newspapers It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed […]

Article 32 hearing held for Cannon Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals An Article 32 pretrial hearing was held in the 27th Fighter Wing courtroom from June 12 to 14 regarding charges preferred against Airman Basic Edward Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was […]

Airman guilty of Assault

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Senior Airman James Reshke, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, was found guilty of indecent assault by a general court-martial Jan. 9 to 14, 2006. Reshke was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, confinement for one year, reduction to Airman Basic and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Instructor combines teaching martial arts with Christian faith

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Students in Marc Anthony Baca’s Team Armageddon class listen as he reads scripture from the Bible Thursday at his karate studio in Clovis. The class combines martial arts and the Bible. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The children stand with feet apart, arms extended, little hands tightly clenched in fists. […]

Court Martial Result

27th Fighter Wing Legal Office Airman 1st Class Daniel Armstrong of the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron pleaded guilty to use of cocaine and dereliction of duty (traveling outside the six hour pass radius without taking leave and underage drinking) in a special court-martial held Sept. 12. A panel of officer court members sentenced him to […]

Court martial results

27th Fighter Wing Legal Office Airman 1st Class Robert Myers, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, pled guilty to distribution and use of methamphetamine on multiple occasions, distribution of marijuana and fraudulent enlistment in a general court-martial held on Aug. 16, 2005. The case arose when a local law enforcement investigation found that Airman Myers was selling […]